Wan Saiful Wan Jan (Chairman)

Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs

Wan Saiful, Founding Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (www.IDEAS.org.my), boarded at Sekolah Alam Shah, Kuala Lumpur, and then Tonbridge School, England. He holds a BA (Hons) in Management (Northumbria, UK) and an MSc in Research Methodologies (Middlesex, UK). Wan Saiful lived in the United Kingdom between August 1993 and October 2009. There he worked for several organisations, including the think tank Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, the British Conservative Party’s Research Department, and Social Enterprise London. He was vice chair of Luton Conservative Association (2007–2009) and Head of Policy for the Conservative Muslim Forum (2007-2009). In May 2007, he contested in the English local elections as a Conservative Party candidate.

Ozlem Caglar Yilmaz (Coordinator)

General Coordinator at Association for Liberal Thinking

Ozlem Caglar-Yilmaz is the member of the Board and the executive director of ALT. She has been with ALT since she was an undergraduate student, since 1993. She has decided to work on investing in ideas after being involved in politics and some business in younger ages. She speaks on civil society, liberal democracy and on Turkey’s democratization and liberalization; on institutional development; delivers guidance on how to effectively disseminate ideas and to develop interest on ideas of liberty. She writes commentaries; translates, and edits articles and books, develops and conducts collaborative projects, organizes training seminars, conferences and workshops with opinion leaders and intellectual entrepreneurs. She is the editor of the online commentary in Turkish www.hurfikirler.com. Yılmaz studied politics and public administration at Hacettepe University, Ankara.

    Linda Whetstone

    Chairman of Network for a Free Society

    Linda Whetstone is Chairman of Network for a Free Society and a member of the boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Mont Pelerin Society, Istanbul Network for Liberty and British Dressage. She runs a small business in Sussex with her husband and writes on agricultural, trade, and development issues. She is also daughter of IEA founder, Sir Antony Fisher.

      Ali Salman

      Policy Research Institute of Market Economy

      He is a development consultant, policy entrepreneur and economic analyst based in Islamabad. He is Director of the recently established Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) and he has worked as a consultant and trainer for major international development organizations, public sector organizations and non-profits. He has held a Gulbright scholarship, Royal Netherlands Fellowship and Charles Wallace Fellowship and has master degrees in Economics, Public Policy and Business Administration.

        Souad Adnane

        Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies

        Souad Adnane, is a women’s rights activist in Morocco. She served as a project coordinator for five years in different local and international NGOs. She is currently in charge of coordinating and monitoring a community development program aiming at improving life conditions of vulnerable populations in the MENA region. She is also the Foreign Relations Coordinator of the Arab Center for Scientific Research & Humane Studies.

          Nouh Elharmouzi

          Ibn Toufail University

          He is Editor of the Arabic-language news and analysis site MinbarAlHurriyya.org (http://minbaralhurriyya.org/) of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation/Cato Institute (USA) and university professor at Ibn Toufail University in Kenitra, Morocco. He is also Director of the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies, the newly created Arab think tank based in Morocco. He served as a university professor for five years at Paul Cézanne University in France, teaching Economic Development Theories and Economic Philosophy & Thought. (more…)

          Edo Omercevic

          Center for Advancement of Free Enterprise

          Edo Omerčević has gone through more than a decade of training in economics and finance. He started his tertiary education at the International Islamic University Malaysia where he obtained his Bachelor in Economics (Hons) as well as his Master of Economics degree. He is currently a Ph.D. in Economics candidate at the International University of Sarajevo. His interest and specialization is in the field of money and banking, with special reference to complementary and alternative currencies and monetary systems. Mr Omerčević is freelance economist and a co-founder of the Center for Advancement of Free Enterprise (Centar za poslovnu afirmaciju) that is promoting free market ideas in Bosnia and Herzegovina.